Original article from Kent Live
Hot summer weather could return again next month thanks to an African plume heading towards the country.
Kent experienced high temperatures of nearly 30°C last week, with the Met Office issuing its first-ever extreme heat warning.
But the weather took a turn for the worse by the weekend, bringing intense thunderstorms and flooding to many parts of the county.
Fortunately, Kent is yet to see the last of the summer weather, with forecasters predicting temperatures to rise above average.
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The first half of August will see changeable weather, with a mixture of sunny spells and showers.
Temperatures are also expected to be cooler than average for this time of year.
However the second half of the month will be dominated by high pressure, with more settled, drier and warmer conditions, experts say.
The Met Office said: "There is a tentative sign of more settled conditions developing with higher pressure becoming slightly more likely.
"This means drier conditions may become more prevalent, although there is still the risk of showers or thunderstorms at times.
"Temperatures likely to trend to above average, with an increasing chance of hotter spells developing as the month progresses.
AccuWeather forecaster Alyssa Smithmyer said hot air from Africa could send temperatures rising once again in August.
She told the Express : "As we move forward through the remainder of July, temperatures are anticipated to shift closer to normal for this time of the year.
"During the first week of August, temperatures are expected to likely do the same and return to near normal, with a few slightly warmer days possible later in the week as the jet stream influence transports some warmer air from Africa."
Kent and South East five day forecast
Showers likely developing during the morning, these bringing a low risk of thunder. Showers will merge into longer spells of rain, these will likely become heavy and thundery. Breezy with a fresh feel especially along the south coast. Maximum temperature 22 °C.
Showers should tend to ease into the evening. Remaining breezy but with clear spells overnight as it becomes largely dry. Minimum temperature 12 °C.
A bright start but with patchy cloud developing during the morning. A risk of the odd light shower breaking out in the afternoon and evening. Warm. Maximum temperature 23 °C.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday
Rather changeable with spells of heavy rain at times, followed by brighter periods with a continued risk of showers. Generally mild or warm.
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